Scientists also want us to know the scientific method is not something reserved for folks with letters after their names. When you trouble-shoot that balky toaster, you'll probably use the scientific method. Is it the fuse? Check it. No, it's fine. Then maybe the power cord ... Be it ever so humble, the scientific method usually brings home the bacon.
Usually, it is this kind of explanation that can get through to the public, not some esoteric example.